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Bust of a Young Man

Object Details

Title:

Bust of a Young Man

Artist/Maker:

Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi) (Italian, about 1455 - 1528)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Mantua, Lombardia, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1520

Medium:

Bronze with silver

Object Number:

86.SB.688

Dimensions:

54.6 × 45 × 22.3 cm (21 1/2 × 17 11/16 × 8 3/4 in.)

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Object Description

Silver-inlaid eyes and excavated pupils give this bust figure of a young man a piercing gaze and an arresting presence. Working in bronze, the artist, Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi, called Antico, realistically depicted such finely finished details as the man's downy facial hair and the heavily undercut mass of his luxuriant curls. Antico copied a Roman marble portrait bust now owned by the Hispanic Society in New York City, possibly as part of a series of bronze heads made for Isabella d'Este's grotto in the Gonzaga palace in Mantua. The outdoor fantasy setting of her grotto project incorporated both ancient works and contemporary pieces made specifically for the project.

Because of his reputation for reviving ancient forms--the source of his nickname--Antico's sculptural work was perfectly suited to Isabella's project. He adopted the bust format, hollow at the back with a rounded truncated chest, from classical works.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1831

Grimani Family (Palazzo Grimani, near Santa Maria Formosa, Venice, Italy)

by 1831

Mr. Antonio Sanquirico (Venice, Italy)

1831 - 1862

Dorothea, duchess of Talleyrand and Sagan, 1793 - 1862 (Paris, France), by inheritance to her heirs.

1862 - 1986

Heirs of Dorothea, duchess of Talleyrand and Sagan, 1793 - 1862 [sale, 'Succession de Madame la duchess de Talleyrand et Sagan,' 19-20 June 1907, 57 rue Saint-Dominique, Paris, lot 44 or 45, unsold sold, Sotheby's, Monaco, 23 Febuary 1986, lot 913, to Same Art Ltd.]

1986

Same Art Ltd. (Zürich, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes (November 6, 2011 to July 29, 2012)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), November 6, 2011 to April 8, 2012
  • The Frick Collection (New York), May 1 to July 29, 2012
The Renaissance Nude (October 30, 2018 to June 2, 2019)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 30, 2018 to January 27, 2019
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), March 2 to June 2, 2019
Bibliography
Bibliography

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"Acquisitions/1986." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 15 (1987), p. 220-21, no. 124.

Amico, L. N. "Antico's Bust of the young Marcus Aurelius." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 16 (1988), p. 95-104.

Fittschen, Klaus. "The Bronze Bust of the young Marcus Aurelius." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 18 (1990), p. 113-26.

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Allison, A.H. "The Bronzes of Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi, Called Antico." Jahrbuch der kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien 89 (1993), pp. 62, 257-60.

Thomas, M. "Michelangelo's Brutus and the Classicizing Portrait Bust in Sixteenth Century Italy." Artibus et historiae 14, no. 27 (1993), pp. 73, 80, nn. 7, 9.

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Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 2, ill.

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